The welcome cooling rain caused a significant uptick in major car crashes Thursday morning in Fort Worth, though no serious injuries were reported.
Matt Zavadsky, spokesman for MedStar, said the emergency service usually handles fewer than five car wrecks with injury on a regular weekday morning, but responded to 18 in and near Fort Worth before 8 a.m. Thursday. Eight-tenths of an inch of rain fell between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, according to the National Weather Service.
The wrecks included four rollovers and a crash involving a school bus. Zavadsky said someone was transported to a hospital in every case except the school bus crash.
Dennis Cain, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the last significant rainfall recorded in Fort Worth was two weeks ago, which probably made the roads a little more slippery. “The oil builds up and when there’s a little rain, the roads get real slick,” Cain said.
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Cain said there’s a 40 percent chance of rain later Thursday, with more expected to begin Sunday night and continue through some of next week.
“We understand it doesn’t rain a lot here,” Zavadsky said. “We encourage everybody that as the stormy season is coming, slow down, don’t drive distracted and be aware of your surroundings.”